American Board of Certified Haircolorists 


March  2015 

In This Issue
Chicago Exam
ABCH Mentoring Workshop
Franco Marino
Cantrell Mitchell
Nicole Emiliani
George Alderete
Jay Marshlick & Bridget Davis
ABCH 2014 Exam Dates
Head to Head Comparison
Lowlights from the Editor

15th Annual ABCH Energizing Summit
June 28-29, 2015 
LAX Marriott Hotel  
Los Angeles, CA

Classes are filling quickly so
Chicago ABCH Exam

The Chicago exam produced 14 new ABCH Certified Haircolorists. The two women who scored the highest in the Performance Examination are relatively new in the field of haircoloring.   Krystina Munoz, and Megan Gill worked especially hard to procure the highest scores in the performance exam. It  was a joy watching them place foils in their mannequin. Their work was smooth and effortless.  Megan has already been contacted by a haircolor manufacturer to be an educator for them. 
I am bewildered why there are not more haircolorists taking the exam in order to become an American Board Certified Haircolorist. Could it be they do not need the additional information provided by the A.B.C.H.?  Everyone stresses about taking the examination so they continue to postpone it hoping for that special epiphany that gets them to sign up, but it may never happen. If you want a better industry it starts with you. People who took and passed the examination are not better than most of you.  The only difference is that they spent the time to educate themselves and perfect both skills and knowledge. Certification brings confidence, which can lead to higher earnings.
Follow the examples set by these successful new ABCH certified colorist and go for it!
Congratulations to our newest ABCH's! 



If you want to take and pass the ABCH examination there is no better way to prepare than to take the ABCH Mentoring Workshop. Two days of hands on training will guide you through the examination step by step, foil placement by foil placement. The training is supervised by some of the very best haircolorists who have evaluated hundreds of exam candidates. They know exactly the mistakes made when someone failed and what you have to do to overcome those same mistakes. 
Visit ABCH to register.

Continuing Introduction of our Summit Educators:



The Marriage of Cut and Color                                      Franco Marino, ABCH

Sunday: 2 pm

Monday: 9:30 am 


This hands-on class will give you the step by step knowledge of how 
to design a haircolor and haircut to work together in Synergy. 
Franco Marino, ABCH, will teach you a full hair cut and color technique
during this three hour class. Franco is continuously recognized for breaking new frontiers in our industry. As the founder and master educator at the Westchester Hair Academy in Chappaqua NY,
Franco teaches the ability to visualize and put into action how your finished look will be effected and enhanced by the color placement and the cut that goes with that color. At the end of this class you will walk away with a clearer and more complete understanding of how the mechanics of haircutting and the creativity of haircolor placement can take your work to a higher level.
The three hours will be over so fast and you will leave wanting more.
There is a $45.00 surcharge for the mannequin in this class. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO BRING A PAIR OF SHEARS FOR THIS CLASS. All other haircoloring equipment and product will be furnished.

The Art of The Blow Dry™                                                     Cantrell Mitchell

Sunday: 9:30 am and 2:00 pm

Monday: 11:00 am and 3:30 pm  


While just about anyone reading this has done thousands upon thousands of blow dries, what promise is held for you in this class?

Blow drying is singly the most debilitating aspect of hairdressing, for
many the most boring and for everyone, the last memory a guest 
has before they leave your salon and how they finally rate their satisfaction. 
In this class, you will be inspired with our processes of developing a new vision and approach to your finish. Understanding the positive effect a proper blow dry can have on color treated hair will make a huge difference in client satisfaction, retention and referrals. The cuticle of the hair is always abraded from haircolor and to a much greater degree from bleaching, especially if you use a natural bristle brush. Some may choose to continue blow drying hair to a greater damage but during the Energizing Summit, you can learn how to bring back the luster and increase your pride in your finishing with these new insights presented in the "Art of the Blow Dry."

Color Correction Made Easy                                          Nicole Emiliani, ABCH

Sunday: 2:00 pm

Monday: 9:30 am 


Color Correction can be scary, but it doesn't have to be! 
Learn the simple strategy to break it down every step of the way. In this class you will learn how to:
Feel confident with an effective consultation
Create the perfect canvas
Get predictable results
Maintain the integrity of the hair
Learn trending color application techniques
Take the fear and harm out of Color Correction and learn how to guarantee your corrective color service.
This class has a $15.00 surcharge for the maintenance of the mannequin. You will be using a mock bleach and the mannequin will remain in the classroom at the end
of the class. 

Dimensional Foil Patterns                                                    George Alderete

Sunday: 9:30 am and 2:00 pm

Monday:11:00 am and 3:30 pm  


Perfect your skills with customized foil patterns designed to create in
credible Dimensional Haircolor. You will explore how strategic 
placement of your formulas create color that is unique only to you. George's presentation includes demonstration of three dimensional color techniques incorporating a combination of foil and balayage applications.
George inspires his peers with his unique approach to the art of haircolor placement. His ability to share his process of creating beautiful, dimensional color with easily understood methods has made him an industry favorite. These salon ready, client wearable techniques will equip you with the skills and foundation to succeed in the Art of Haircolor.

The Art of the Highlight Retouch                            Jay Marshlick, ABCH and

Sunday: 9:30 am                                                               Bridget Davis, ABCH

Monday: 2:00 pm


This class covers everything you need to know 
to do a successful Highlight Retouch. Highlighting virgin hair is easy, you select the hair to be lightened, saturate it with lightener and process it. In three months or sooner she will be back to have the Highlight retouched, now what? This is the challenge. As Evaluators for the ABCH Jay and Bridget are in a unique position to know what to do. 
There is a $15.00 surcharge for the maintenance of the mannequin. Retouching Highlights requires special skills, this class will take you to the next level. You will be using a mock bleach and the mannequin will remain in the classroom at the end of the class. 
                 2015 ABCH Examination Dates

Los Angeles, CA..
July 12
Boston, MA.....
August 23
Sarasota, FL....
September 20
Washington, DC .....
October 18 
Atlanta, GA.....
November 8  
                     Links for more info: 


  ABCH Certification Exam Registration     


We evaluate hair care products to determine which is best. For the very first time we went head to head with a product comparison and drew the conclusion on which one we thought was best, something we have never done in the past.
We are now planning to do a comparison on who has the best Deposit Only Haircolor.
This will be a comparison where YOU will determine which one you feel is the best.
Because of the many letters received from users and nonusers of the recent head to head comparison, we will not be doing that again. 
We will let you decide based on our results.

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